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7th Heaven

Season 6 Episode 12


Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Jan 21, 2002 on The CW
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Episode Summary

After various personal items disappear from the house, the family finds Ruthie in the garage apartment entertaining a friend with the pilfered items. The would-be bandit explains that she is hiding her pal from a pair of older boys, who have been harassing the girl because of her Muslim background. Touched by her plight, Mary and Lucy try to get their neighbors to sign a petition in support of the girl's family. Matt and Simon, however, decide on a less civic solution and go hunting for the perpetrators.moreless

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  • This was a great example of discrimination.

    Ruthie's new friend, who is Muslim, is treated badly. Simon and Matt want to find the boys who tease her. Ruthie makes a speech for the parent meeting at her school. Ms. Mackoul, Ms. Riddle, and Ruthie quit Eleanor Roosevelt school. Mary and Lucy pass a petition around.

    I thought that the people were so hating. I felt really sorry for Yasmine, Ruthie, and Ms. Mackoul. They just wanted Yasmine to go to the school but the parents were afraid because of her ethnicity. I really liked how the Camdens stood up for Yasmine and her family. This was a great episode that gets a 10!moreless
Trent Gill

Trent Gill


Guest Star

Gail Borges

Gail Borges

Board Member #2

Guest Star

Veena Bidasha

Veena Bidasha


Guest Star

Brenda Strong

Brenda Strong

Mrs. Carmen Mackoul

Recurring Role

Christopher Michael

Christopher Michael

Detective Michaels

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • In the episode Pathetic, Ms. Riddle tells Ruthie that she needed to transfer schools because she was marrying the principal and the two of them couldn't work at the same school together, yet in this episode, she is going back to work at that school again. If she is still getting married, how is that possible?

    • When Matt puts Simon on hold, you hear the noise, but we never see Matt actually push a button on the phone. He just hangs up.

    • After talking to Yasmine's mother, Eric and Annie walk her to the door, and Yasmine asks if Ruthie can come over the next day, to which all the adults agree. In another scene shortly after that, Annie tells Eric that Ruthie is going over to Yasmine's the next day, and Eric says, "Oh, good," as if it's the first time he is hearing about it. The thing is, since he was there when they made the arrangements, he should have definitely known.

    • At the end of the episode when the Camden family is talking to Ms. Mackoul, Ms. Riddle and their neighbors at the front door, there is no wreath on the door. Then, when they go outside and when Lucy and Mary close the door behind them, now there is a wreath on the door.

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Ruthie: (addressing school board) My name is Ruthie Camden, and first, I want to say how much I like going to the Eleanor Roosevelt School. My classes are really cool, and I get to do so much more than I did at my old school. I love horses, and I even get to take Equestrian classes. It's like a dream come true for me. I've learned so much at this school. Last week, during science period, Miss Riddle talked to us about the spine. Se taught us how important the spine is to the entire body. The spine allows you to hold your head up high. Well, I don't think I'll be able to hold my head up high in this class anymore, if this school doesn't let my friend Yasmine attend. And from what I've read about her, Eleanor Roosevelt has a really strong spine. This school is named after her, and if you want to know more about her, you should read the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It's all about freedom, justice, and peace.
      Eric: (whispers to Annie) Out of the mouths of babes.
      Ruthie: So, if this board chooses to do the wrong thing, I feel that it goes against everything Eleanor Roosevelt stood for, and I will have to quit!
      Woman #1: (whispers) We'd get our scholarship back.
      Woman #2: I have a friend whose kid would like to get in. They're not Muslim.
      Ruthie: Hello. That was the end of my speech. I said I was going to quit! (Eric, Annie, Mrs. McCool, and Miss Riddle get up and clap, everyone else is silent) Tough crowd.

    • Mary: I heard what you did tonight, and I'm really proud of you, Ruthie.
      Ruthie: Yeah. Mom and Dad told me about a billion times already. Big deal.
      Lucy: What you did was really amazing, so don't think that it's not. You stood up for someone who was being discriminated against because of her religion, and that's a big deal. A very big deal. The biggest!
      Ruthie: Yeah, and look where it got me. Now I have to change schools.
      Mary: Look, Ruthie, I know how much you like private school, and nobody would think badly of you if you don't go through with it, if you don't want to.
      Ruthie: I don't want to, but I think it's something I have to do. Eleanor Roosevelt said, "It is not fair to ask of others what you are not willing to do yourself". I think I have to bite the bullet.

    • Eric: (to his 2-year-old sons) Okay, boys, now that Daddy has changed your outfits yet again, we're going to try to be neater, aren't we? Now, when we eat, the food doesn't belong on our shirts. No.
      Sam and David: No!
      Eric: No. And it doesn't belong on the floor, does it?
      Sam and David: No!
      Eric: No. So where does it belong? Yes! In your mouths! Yes! Brilliant. Brilliant children!

    • Matt: Guys terrorizing innocent little girls on the way home from school? I mean, what has this world come to?
      Simon: Just a bunch of little cowards.
      Matt: Ignorant little cowards.
      Simon: Evil, ignorant little cowards!
      Matt: Yeah.
      Simon: So, aside from calling them cowards behind their backs, what are we gonna do about it?
      Matt: I know what I'm gonna do about it.
      Simon: What?
      Matt: Kick their butts!

    • Annie: I can't get over Ruthie. I'm so proud of her.
      Eric: Yeah, we've done good, Mom.
      Annie: Sometimes, when I think our world is getting a little crazy, I think about our children and what good, compassionate people they've turned out to be.

    • (To Annie)
      Yasmine: Thank you Mrs. Camden, thank you for this. It's not just about going to school for me, it's about walking on higher ground.

    • Ruthie: (reading Eleanor Roosevelt) It is not fair to ask of others what you are not willing to do yourself.
      Mary: Sometimes it's not easy to do the right thing. It's not easy when you've done stupid things and you have to make up for them.
      Ruthie: It's not easy when you do smart things either.

    • Daniel: Look I gotta get outta her by 3:00. I got more important things to do besides waiting around here with a bunch of women.
      Nurse: Oh, well you should've told me that. I've been out back all morning tinkering on my Subaru.
      Matt: Oh, she's very handy.

    • Nasreen: I appreciate your sympathy, but I don't expect you to completely understand what I'm going through.
      Annie: As a mother, I understand at least some of what you're going through. I know the fear and worry over the safety of my children.
      Ruthie: I still don't understand it. She didn't do anything. Her family didn't do anything. They're Americans just like everyone else.
      Annie: I know, Ruthie. I know.

    • Nasreen: I was happy, until one day, our entire world turned upside down. I go out on my usual errands and suddenly people are staring at my hijab. I've worn it all my adult life, and now I get looks and whispers as I pass by. Why? I'm still the same person, I haven't changed. I try to believe that some people are just curious, but why wasn't I asked about it years ago? Why now? See, it's not curiousity, it's suspicion.
      Eric: Fear can bring out the worst in people, and fear is evidence of a lack of fatih. I mean, for some people, that's a lack of faith in God. For others it's a lack of faith in themselves, but for others its a lack of faith in their fellow man. I hope what's happened with Yasmine doesn't make you lose your faith in people's kindness.
      Nasreen: Oh, how can I? I have proof sitting right here in front of me. I'm sorry to have burdened you with my problems. I'm a very pro-avtive person and I hope I'm not sounding like a victim because that's not my intent.

    • Lucy: I just started thinking about Yasmine and how people can be so cruel, and how horrible I was to you which didn't make me much better than those boys... and how everyone in the world has the same capacity to be so mean and intolerant. It just makes me feel so sad.
      Mary: You know how it makes me feel? Angry.

    • (to Camden family)
      Ruthie: Yasmine was walking home from school when a couple of boys started following her. They were calling her names because she's Muslim and trying to scare her, and one of them even picked up a dirt clod and threw it at her.
      Yasmine: ...That's when Ruhtie ran over and started yelling back at them, but they still kept on following us.
      Eric: (to Yasmine) And this was happening right outside our house?
      Yasmine: It's happening everywhere.
      Eric: Did these boys ever physically hurt you?
      Yasmine: No. Just my feelings.
      Eric: Feelings are important, too. They matter a great deal, and you matter. We're not gonna let this continue.

  • NOTES (6)

    • The official WB description for this episode included the tagline "A timely episode about tolerence".

    • In Germany this episode is known as, Hand in Hand, translated.

    • More pictures in the opening credits have changed to pictures from recent episodes Lost and Ay Carumba.

    • Adam LaVorgna (Robbie Palmer) does not appear in this episode. This is his first absence since he became a main character in the Season 5 episode, Tunes. This is the first episode since Season 5's Bye that had only the family members in the opening credits.

    • TV Guide says, "The Camden family tries to help a young friend of Ruthie's in this examination of religious intolerance".

    • Interview with Brenda Hampton: "The show is about prejudice, and I wanted to find a Muslim actor for the part. 7th Heaven is not out to preach. Our policy is to try to be helpless rather than helpful, which is harder to do."


    • Lucy: What would've happened if Rosa Parks gave up her sit on the bus, or César Chávez had given up on the farm workers or Susan B. Anthony given up on the suffrage movement?

      Rosa Parks(1913–2005) was an African American civil rights activist whom the United States Congress called the "Mother of the Modern Day Civil Rights Movement" and is most famous for her refusal in 1955 to give up a bus seat to a white man when ordered to do so by the bus driver,
      provoking the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

      César Chávez worked for the Community Services Organization (CSO), a Latino civil rights group. Chávez urged Mexican-Americans to register and vote. Eventually he started the National Farm Workers Association (NFWA). It was renamed to the United Farm Workers (UFW). He is also a prominent civil rights leader.

      Lastly, Susan B. Anthony led the effort to secure Women's suffrage (the right for women to vote) in the United States.